Anyone who knows or has even been in the presence of a Marine understands how important the history and tradition of the Marine Corps is to them, so when choosing a gift, keep this in mind. Marine Corps memorabilia is extremely popular even among those who aren't in the Marine Corps, so finding USMC gear is not a problem. However, putting a little extra thought in your gift will make all the difference to your Marine.
When looking for a gift for a Marine, it is important to take into consideration the rich history of the Marine Corps. Marines have a deep appreciation and respect for the tradition and history, and the best gifts include those that will remind them of the heroism and bravery of the Marines. Books and literature based on the Marine Corp are always popular. Even a subscription to a Marine Corps magazine will be appreciated and keep them up to date on the latest news regarding the Corps while commemorating historic moments and focusing on anniversaries.
Be careful when buying war movies for a Marine because they will more likely spend most of the time pointing out all the mistakes in the film.
Most Marines also would love a KaBar knife. This knife was originally issued to Marines during World War II and rose to incredible popularity. It maintains that same popularity today. Staff non-commissioned officer senior non-commissioned officer swords are perhaps the most meaningful gifts a Marine could receive. These swords are the oldest weapons that are still used today in the service. They are extremely popular among Marines, especially when retiring. These swords are beautifully crafted and proudly displayed among active and ex-Marines. Simple trinkets are appreciated too, such as beer steins with the USMC emblem on them, or even Marine Corps apparel.
It is always important to show your ex-Marine how much you appreciate everything he has done for his country. Some of the best gifts for a former member of the Marine Corps would be something that can display the honors he gained while in the service. A shadow box, which is basically a recessed picture frame, is a great way to display and house Marines Corps ribbons as well as medals that he received while on active duty. Plaques commemorating the time and effort of a Marine are also appreciated.